April 10, 2019

Drove by my old apartment in West Somerville this past week. Sort of by mistake, sort of by accident, somewhat by chance. Whatever it was, it definitely warmed my heart and I was grateful I got to skip down memory lane for a few moments. I felt incredibly nostalgic and even felt a little pang of melancholy in...

January 1, 2019

Melancholy. That’s the word. I’m finally able to put a label on it. This is what I typically feel the entire day on New Year’s Eve, from the moment I wake to the stroke of midnight. It makes me uncomfortable. I never know if I should look back or look forward. Or do I just stay in place in the present, busine...

November 10, 2018

Yup. I am. Honest. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my possessions, for the things I own, for my “stuff.”

In the wake of the many catastrophic events that have occurred in the past several months, due to both natural and man-made disasters, I’ve come to realize how thankful I am for my “things.”

I know this...

September 10, 2018

I have writer’s block. I haven’t written in months. I tell myself inspiration just hasn’t struck. Or is it that motivation hasn’t struck? And like the chicken and egg dilemma, which comes first? Should I just pick up my pen, put my head down, and throw words on paper anyway - something, anything? Or must I fi...

January 31, 2018

She lived nearly a full century. She was born in 1900 and died in 1999, missing centenarian status by just a few months, and of course, her picture in the local newspaper. She lived through two world wars and the Korean War. She witnessed the advent of the airplane, radio, color photography, motion picture, v...

December 18, 2017

It was Christmas time, 2011. Amy, my sister's dog walker, and lover of all four-legged creatures, was upset. She had just returned from New York state where she spent a week at a facility participating in an instructor training workshop. The puppy assigned to her was named Milk Dud.  His brother, Gummy Bear,...

November 28, 2017

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. I love him. Always have, and always will. How can you not love this shy, endearing, perfectly imperfect red-nosed reindeer who saved the day - or rather, night -  with that flashing, bright red, glowing nose?

The story of Rudolph, rejected by his peers because he was different,...

November 9, 2017

"What is the Meaning of Life?"

This existential question has plagued man for centuries, yet no one has been able to answer it with a one-size-fits all answer. And that is because it simply cannot be answered with one generalized sweeping response. We, as humans, no matter our culture, religion, age, gender, ec...

October 9, 2017

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”

Like Rodney Dangerfield, dandelions get no respect. Who doesn’t think of them as just menacing weeds that take over the lawn in springtime? The bane of their existence, homeowners and gardeners wage war with the pesky plants that threaten to...

September 28, 2017

I enjoy writing. For some years now, I've considered starting a blog. What has always prevented me from actually doing it, however, was the thought, "What the heck will I write about, and who will actually read it?"

While I still haven't fully answered that question, I've decided to just do it anyway. I will...

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